Deploying the Pay for Success Model to Help Address the Opioid Epidemic in the United States: An Opportunity for State and Local Action

Published Thursday, December 29, 2016 | by Office of National Drug Control Policy

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In 2015, an average of 91 people per day died from overdoses involving opioids. While the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is working with agencies across the Administration and with communities to move our country from crisis to recovery, it released a Resource Guide to help states, cities, counties, and their partners learn about Pay for Success (PFS) as another tool in their toolbox. The Resource Guide provides an overview of the opioid epidemic; offers a detailed explanation of PFS, its benefits, and its different forms; describes the existing PFS projects and highlights the Obama Administration's PFS efforts; includes two case studies (Connecticut and Louisville) of how PFS is currently being explored and used to help address substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders; and suggests next steps for communities that are interested in pursuing the PFS model.